Days of Yore
as recounted by

Bill Day


Young Love
Peyton Place is a popular, best selling novel about the lives of families in a small American town.  When reading the book one constantly is obsessed by the thought that if such events could occur in Peyton Place, why couldn’t similar events be possible in Haddonfield.  This probability was reborn when the telephone conversation is recalled between a Haddonfield oldster and myself.  She called to talk about “The Days of Yore.”  Reminiscing about happenings back in her girlhood days, she told me of some things that could have been a chapter in Payton Place.  She and her girl friend were only eighteen years old when it happened.  About sixty years ago a very beautiful girl lived with her mother and father in one of the big houses up on Washington Avenue.  Here name will be Lois.  My informant said that on three or more occasions she and her friend would see Lois and her boy friend strolling down Lafayette Avenue towards the railroad track with a blanket and newspapers in their arms.  Once she asked her mother where they would be going and was told that when she was older she would know about such things, and the subject was dropped.  In a few years she learned that the area around the Mountwell pool was where those two young people were headed to read their Sunday papers.  One Sunday the two girls were returning from a trip down town in a  in a snow storm.  The flakes were so thick that the opposite sidewalk was not visible.  Out of the storm suddenly appeared the above mentioned boy friend.  He was running furiously with wild eyes and coat unbuttoned, and went part then without even noticing they were there.  Before they could discuss what had happened, another figure ran out of the storm towards them with gun in hand.  His derby hat was askew, and his overcoat was flying wide.  Lois’s father always wore a derby.  She said she never learned the finish of this tale, but it would have been easy to keep any casualty a secret as the father was a well know man in town.  Lois finally moved to Pittsburgh, and she come hack to Haddonfield a few years later, divorced.  The story was that she had a pet dog that she took to bed with her.  Here husband objected so she got a divorce.  Is it possible that the dog’s name was Fred?  How a chapter of Haddonfield Place has been completed.  The only bad feature in that the book would be longer that Gone with the Wind, but it would always be condensed for the Reader’s Digest. Homepage
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